ABEM LLSA Alert: LLSA 2016 Expiring, LLSA 2021 Review Coming April 1, 2021

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Personal Education, Product News

LLSA 2016 expires, LLSA 2021 Review Coming - ABEM LLSA Alert

ABEM LLSA Alert: LLSA 2016 Expiring, LLSA 2021 Review Coming April 1, 2021

The American Board of Emergency Medicine's Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) program for ABEM MOC is nearing its annual cycle date of March 31st.

UPDATE: LLSA 2021 Review is now available in Med-Challenger LLSA.  Read about the release here.

ABEM Diplomates, LLSA 2016 is expiring soon!  The American Board of Emergency Medicine's Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) program for ABEM MOC is nearing its annual cycle date of March 31st.  Amidst the extra demand placed on emergency physicians during the coronavirus pandemic, it is easy to overlook the looming  deadline.  The LLSA 2016 exam will be retired on April 1st, 2020.  Med-Challenger will also be releasing its new LLSA 2021 Review Course on that day.  The 2021 LLSA review course - will be added to Med-Challenger's LLSA Subscription and will include all 2021 LLSA article summaries and key point Q&A for fast LLSA exam preparation.  

LLSA Test Requirements

ABEM-certified physicians who will still follow the ConCert™ exam pathway (versus the newer/upcoming MyEMCert pathway) must complete four LLSA activities in each five-year period of their ten-year certification cycle by taking four annual, open-book, unproctored tests over five years. The test changes every year and is based on the ABEM reading list assigned for that particular year. Physicians can skip one year’s test every five years. Every year’s test remains available for 3 years and then is permanently removed.

The LLSA 2016 test will be removed on April 1, 2021.  Read more about LLSA Test Requirements on the ABEM website.

Emergency physicians get in trouble when they postpone taking one of these tests during a later year and then forget to do so. Often, they remember when signing in on April 1 to take the next year’s exam and then discover in their profile that they forgot to take a past exam that they need for their ABEM requirements.

When It's LLSA Crunch Time

There are many good LLSA prep or review products out there when time is not of the essenceHowever, when only hours are left for taking an expiring ABEM LLSA exam, I have found the online summaries of Med-Challenger LLSA to be a particularly quick and dependable solution towards passing the test without any review.

In my experience, the Med-Challenger LLSA summaries:

  1. Are the only product in the industry that are sufficiently detailed to allow for finding the vast majority of the answers without ever having to refer to the original LLSA articles – a HUGE time-saver.

  2. Provide an online format that makes the summaries searchable for key words while taking the test (just keep the summaries open in a separate window; completely legitimate because it is an open book test).  This allows for quick and confident answers without ever having to read the summaries.

  3. Include links to the original articles and their tables and graphs (a frequent source of ABEM test questions), just in case a particular article summary does not capture a detail required to answer the test question allowing for a perfect score in a short amount of time.

  4. Include online summaries and LLSA exam prep for all active years of LLSA (yearly article sets) with new LLSA sets added each year so you'll have every active LLSA available in one spot, year after year.

Parting Advice - The Original Goal of LLSA

The annual ABEM LLSA articles compiled for emergency physicians set many practice standards. 

Once the urgency of taking the expiring exam is over, it is prudent to actually read the entire summary - and - answer the Med-Challenger LLSA test prep questions at the end this not only provides CME credits, but also assures that the original goal of LLSA is fulfilled: ABEM-certified emergency physicians practice according to published standards and are up-to-date on current changes.

And… subscribing to Med-Challenger LLSA will lead to never having to postpone an LLSA exam again – the summaries allow confident passing of the exam in a very short amount of time.

Don't forget LLSA 2016! ABEM LLSA exam review online with Med-Challlenger makes annual LLSA review and test prep easy.

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